Our original idea was to find an apartment available in posh Marais. My mom and I settled with a great looking place in Montmartre since we were very last minute with the booking. We couldn’t have been happier after having spent time in both locations. Marais is incredibly beautiful; high end boutiques and a stroll away from Notre Dame. But Montmartre is where you want to be for a long stay - the town is packed with indie designers, home to Sacre Coeur Basilica, high end dinning, and the famous Montmartre cemetery (One of the main burial grounds during the French Revolution and resting place to other infamous names such as Jean-Honoré Fragonard). Heads up fashion designers! Abbesses is overflowing with fabric stores!
It isn’t likely you’ll want expensive meals every night; in Montmartre we had endless choices at dozens of nearby markets. Our mornings normally looked like this (a chocolatine, café crème and a quiche from around the corner).
Bare in mind that tips are included in the price at restaurants in Paris. We found out this particular establishment charged nearly 50% extra for the service if you were to eat there rather than take out. Also, on the topic of coffee, unless you’re an espresso drinker you’ll have to be more specific when ordering a coffee. A café long or an amercano is the equivalent to ordering a coffee in North America.
My first night in Paris didn’t yield much sleep, so at 6am I sleepily trudged up the hill to Sacre Coeur to watch the sun rise. The town was more or less asleep minus a few shop owners, street cleaners and groups of boys drinking their last rounds for the night. There is a image in here of my view.